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Kasich Joins Trump In Opposition To Sanctuary Cities

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to editors and publishers at the Ohio Newspaper Association meeting.
Karen Kasler
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Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau
Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to editors and publishers at the Ohio Newspaper Association meeting.

Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are working up dueling bills on sanctuary cities – communities that say they’ll shield undocumented immigrants from prosecution based on their illegal status.

When asked about that at a speech before newspaper executives and editors, Gov. John Kasich was firm on where he stands.

“I think the president is right on this and I think this is a bad, bad thing. When people break the law, they need to be held accountable for something like coming in here illegally or – no, I don’t believe in sanctuary cities.”

Cincinnati and Columbus recently passed sanctuary cities-type legislation – Oberlin, Lorain and Dayton also have similar resolutions or laws. A Republican-sponsored bill would ban sanctuary cities and punish city officials. A Democratic-backed bill would specifically permit cities to pass such legislation.